Trump vs. His Own Administration?

Are President Trump’s senior cabinet members working against him? It’s hard not to conclude that many of the more hawkish neocons that Trump has (mistakenly, in my view) appointed to top jobs are actively working to undermine the president’s stated agenda. Especially when it seems Trump is trying to seek dialogue with countries the neocons … Continue reading “Trump vs. His Own Administration?”

Senator Richard Burr: A Longtime Fan of Torture

Newly released official documents obtained by the National Security Archive showing that CIA Director Gina Haspel directly supervised waterboarding at the first CIA “Black Site” simply confirm what Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) already knew as he orchestrated the charade that was Haspel’s confirmation hearing. Burr allowed her to “classify” her own direct … Continue reading “Senator Richard Burr: A Longtime Fan of Torture”

America’s Lengthening Enemies List

Friday, deep into the 17th year of America’s longest war, Taliban forces overran Ghazni, a provincial capital that sits on the highway from Kabul to Kandahar. The ferocity of the Taliban offensive brought U.S. advisers along with U.S. air power, including a B-1 bomber, into the battle. "As the casualty toll in Ghazni appeared to … Continue reading “America’s Lengthening Enemies List”

Child Injured in Checkpoint Attack; Six Killed in Iraq

At least six people were killed, and one child was wounded in recent violence: Three bodies were discovered in the rubble of a blown-up house in Saniya. It is unclear how long ago the victims had died. In Sinjar, the bodies of two young men bearing torture marks were discovered. A child was wounded during … Continue reading “Child Injured in Checkpoint Attack; Six Killed in Iraq”

Rand Paul Stands Up for Peace

Libertarians are largely lost in the wilderness of the present era: wandering without a compass, either moral or ideological, and without a clue as to how to get home, never mind reach their ultimate goal of “freedom in our time.” Yes, that was the old slogan that we libertarians started out with: an optimistic battle-cry … Continue reading “Rand Paul Stands Up for Peace”

Iran’s Long List of Grievances Against the United States

On May 8 President Donald Trump announced that the United States will be leaving the nuclear agreement that Iran signed in July 2015 with P5+1 – the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany – officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The President also announced that he … Continue reading “Iran’s Long List of Grievances Against the United States”

The Other Hiroshimas: A Review of Napalm: An American Biography

Napalm: An American Biography Fire-weapons have been used from ancient times. Napalm-like weapons were used by and against the Romans and Greeks. One term used for them was "wildfire"; another was "Greek fire", as incendiaries were widely used by the Greeks. Some ships were equipped to shoot other vessels with flaming oils emitted from tubes … Continue reading “The Other Hiroshimas: A Review of Napalm: An American Biography